At the risk of sounding very cliché, the air is definitely getting chilly and nights are drawing in and if you are anything like me, my happy autumn place is on the sofa with a glass of red and a good BBC drama.
As the seasons change, so does our food and indeed our wine choices. Let’s be honest, a crisp and refreshing white or thirst quenching rosé just doesn’t seem to taste the same in a big jumper. It’s time for rich, spicy whites and warming, full bodied reds to go with seasonal foods such as venison, lamb, game meats and all of the glorious seasonal shellfish that is available (we are well into the months with an R in them). This is the wonderful thing about wine: there is such an enormous plethora of styles available that the different seasons and foods that accompany them allow us to appreciate different tastes and styles throughout the year.
So, let’s embrace the bare trees, dark nights and chilly mornings by indulging in and discovering different wine styles to go with the incredible seasonal food that is on offer at this time of year and of course wearing cosy jumpers and getting sucked into those gritty BBC dramas with a glass in hand.
In the fridge……
2017 Rey Noble, Garnacha Blanca
Majestic, £11.99 (or £9.99 if you buy six)
I bought a case of this on a whim (for research purposes) and it’s lovely! Super rich and silky and packed full of ripe pears, apples, peaches with an underlying note of fenugreek. From the region of Navarra, where production is around 90% red and from the black variety, garnacha (grenache), this wine is the white version garnacha blanca (white grenache) and is pretty rare, particularly on it’s own and not in a blend. Produced from very old vines which give less fruit but greater concentration, this is a great example of Spanish whites and their individuality and top value. Perfect with creamy pasta or roast chicken.
On the rack…..
2016 Chronic Cellars, Suite Petite (Petite Sirah)
Sainsbury’s Online, £15
Some friends bought this over the other weekend but we decided we had had too much to drink to really enjoy it and I’m glad we saved it as I was lucky to enjoy it this weekend. Hands down, this is probably the tastiest red I’ve had in a while. Produced in Paso Robles in California and with a pretty terrifying label (inset), this is 100% Petite Sirah which is a pretty rare variety and mostly found in California, it’s actually the offspring of Syrah and Peloursin (a practically extinct variety). This packs a punch with it’s intense fruit that lingers on the palate for a long time which is divine. Think black cherry, blueberry and blackberry with spice and subtle cigar. There is a fair bit of tannin so enjoy with a medium rare rib eye steak, lamb, venison or even a chile con carne. Heaven. I’ve got my case on order….
If you fancy coming along to one of our Tutored Tasting which are held once a month at Hill Street Design House in Edinburgh, then have a look at our events pages. Always relaxed and informal with a different theme each month, delicious hand picked wines and amazing locally sourced cheese and nibbles, it’s a perfect evening to enjoy with friends, your other half or colleagues.